Full Presence Mindfulness

Less Stress. Greater Joy.


Full presence mindfulness takes you beyond the self.
It opens the door to a world of wonder – a new outlook on life.
Because there’s more to life than self-improvement.

Why should we practice Full Presence Mindfulness?

Because human beings are multidimensional.


We live in our bodies and know through our senses. We think what we think and want what we want. We act on our values and work on our relationships. We fear failure and crave attention.


Full Presence Mindfulness invites us to explore every dimension of our being. It shortcuts the stories we tell—including the story ‘I am here’. It activates our finest intelligence and most heartfelt feelings.


Mindfulness as it is taught today focuses mostly on reducing stress and symptoms. It has brought great benefit to many people. Yet with Full Presence Mindfulness, we can go deeper and see more.


When we do, we wake up into a new world.

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Learn the basics in an 8-week course or retreat

Spring 2017 Course


Tuesdays, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
March 21 – May 9, 2017

Registration includes a 1-day, six hour retreat
Saturday, April 29, time and location TBD


$250.  Discounts available (hover for details).


Mangalam Center, 2018 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

Summer Retreat in Amsterdam


August 21 – 26, 2017


€ 595 including all (vegetarian) meals
€ 495 Nyingma cursisten (students currently enrolled in Nyingma courses or e-courses)


Nyingma Centrum Nederland, Reguliersgracht 25 Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Through group discussion and simple practices, students will explore some key questions together:

Can every moment be meaningful?

How can you be more fully alive?

Who is being mindful?

From the first class, FPM introduces a new vision of how we engage space and time and questions the basic limits that shape our lives toward dissatisfaction.


FPM is currently offered exclusively in Berkeley, California – check back soon for more dates and locations.


What are the benefits?
Mindfulness practitioners report a wide-range of benefits, including reduced stress and anxiety, greater ability to concentrate and to deal with negative situations, and more control over negative thoughts. There have been many studies showing the positive benefits of mindfulness practice. FPM is designed to offer those same benefits, but the main focus is on giving you the tools to deepen your understanding of who you are. 
Can I take this course even if I haven’t taken another mindfulness course?
Yes. It can actually be helpful to start with no preconceptions, but be ready to apply yourself more at the beginning of the course.

Will there be readings?
There are no reading assignments. The only homework is experiential. Suggested further readings will be made available at the end of the course.

What is your refund policy?
You will be refunded in full if you cancel after the first class session. If you cancel after the second or third class session, your refund will be prorated. You will not receive a refund if you cancel after the fourth class session.
Is this course based on Buddhism?
No it’s not. The inspiration for the course is an approach developed for the modern mind by a Tibetan lama, Tarthang Tulku. However, that approach is not Buddhist. There are no religious elements in any of the practices and no set of beliefs or dogmas. FPM is all about free and open inquiry.

Do I have to sit in a meditation posture, or on a cushion? Will there be yoga practices?
We’ll sit in chairs. There will be a few very simple, non-stressful movement practices, but no yoga.



Jack Petranker is the developer of Full Presence Mindfulness. A student of the nature of the mind for more than 40 years, he has written and taught widely, sharing his understanding with others. In addition to teaching FPM, Jack is a practicing Buddhist and meditation teacher, as well as a lawyer. He is the author of When It Rains, Does Space Get Wet?. Jack holds degrees from Stanford, Yale, and the University of California, Berkeley.


Center for Creative Inquiry
2018 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 809-1541